My Donations

This is a mostly complete list of donations I've made since 2012. (Earlier donations were relatively small and I didn't keep track of them.)

Both contributions to and grants from my donor-advised fund (DAF) are listed below. The "Total donated by me" figure includes donations to my personal DAF, but excludes grants from it. The "Total received by charities" figure excludes donations to my personal DAF but includes grants from it.

In 2016, I decided to direct the majority of my donations to a donor-advised fund run by two knowledgeable, trusted acquaintances. One of them—Nick Beckstead—describes the arrangement here (to be clear, I am not the "private individual" referred to):

Since 2012, one of my side projects has been working with a private individual (who has provided the vast majority of the funds and prefers to remain anonymous) to make donations to organizations working in the effective altruism space and organizations working on mitigating global catastrophic risks (especially potential risks from advanced AI). We meet every three weeks to discuss potential donation opportunities and make decisions, and we both keep up with activities in the space through relationships we’ve built up over time. The DAF is jointly controlled by me and this partner.

The EA Giving Group DAF has been superseded by the Effective Alturism Community Fund and the Long-Term Future Fund (which was, until August 2018, also administered by Nick Beckstead).

Date Organization Amount Notes
1 December 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
27 November 2018 Global Catastrophic Risk Institute $5.00
27 November 2018 Long-Term Future Fund $2,504.00
27 November 2018 ALLFED $2,499.00
26 November 2018 Centre for Effective Altruism $55.00
1 November 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
27 October 2018 Long-Term Future Fund $14,000.00
1 October 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
1 September 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
13 August 2018 Personal donor-advised fund $20,000.00
1 August 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
20 July 2018 Personal donor-advised fund $35,000.00
1 July 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
1 June 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
1 May 2018 Berkeley REACH $100.00
29 December 2017 Effective Altruism Community Fund $11,100.00
29 December 2017 Long-Term Future Fund $11,100.00
19 December 2017 AIDS/LifeCycle $50.00
10 December 2017 MIRI $3,000.00
28 August 2017 Effective Altruism Community Fund $20,000.00
12 August 2017 The Humane League $117.32
25 March 2017 Long-Term Future Fund $7,500.00
25 March 2017 Effective Altruism Community Fund $7,500.00
30 December 2016 EA Giving Group donor-advised fund $10,055.55 I wanted my total donations for the year to be a string of 5's.
5 November 2016 EA Giving Group donor-advised fund $15,000.00
4 July 2016 EA Giving Group donor-advised fund $10,000.00
13 June 2016 Mercy for Animals $500.00 Meant to offset a month of experimenting with an omnivorous diet.
22 April 2016 EA Giving Group donor-advised fund $10,000.00
21 March 2016 .impact $5,000.00
1 February 2016 .impact $5,000.00
22 December 2015 Animal Charity Evaluators $10,000.00
22 December 2015 Centre for Effective Altruism $5,000.00
6 October 2015 80,000 Hours $1,692.42
24 August 2015 80,000 Hours $38,307.58 Grant from personal donor-advised fund
22 July 2015 Personal donor-advised fund $8,000.00
7 July 2015 Animal Charity Evaluators $10,000.00 Grant from personal donor-advised fund
2 April 2015 Personal donor-advised fund $8,000.00
2 February 2015 Personal donor-advised fund $10,000.00
29 December 2014 Personal donor-advised fund $15,616.35
29 December 2014 Personal donor-advised fund $15,000.00
8 January 2014 80,000 Hours $30,000.00
8 January 2014 St. Olaf College $10.00
2 July 2013 Animal Charity Evaluators $10,000.00
6 November 2012 80,000 Hours $500.00
31 October 2012 St. Olaf College $2.00 I was told that even a small amount would help immensely.
30 May 2012 The Humane League $800.00
4 May 2012 The Humane League $800.00
23 April 2012 The Humane League $800.00
12 April 2012 The Humane League $800.00
Total donated by me
$307,806.64
Total received by charities and external DAFs
$244,497.87